FAUZY SCOOPS MAIDEN GP2 WIN IN SENTUL
Super Nova Racing Ltd were celebrating in Sentul, Indonesia this weekend as the team took a convincing win; Fairuz Fauzy leading the sprint race from start to finish.
The GP2 Asia Championship travelled to the challenging circuit in Citeureup, Bogor, for the second round of series, where Saturday’s events stayed dry and humid. Christian Bakkerud who “arrived a few days early to make sure I had a chance to acclimatise to the high temperatures and humidity” qualified a pleasing 5th place in the morning session. The feature race was however short lived for the Dane when he was hit from behind taking him out on only the second lap. "Obviously I'm massively disappointed, we qualified really well and I was feeling really confident in the Super Nova car. A podium was a real possibility."
Meanwhile having qualified 10th, team mate Fairuz Fauzy, fought his way back up to 8th place, to take pole position for Sunday’s reversed grid. Torrential rain made for a difficult, yet eventful sprint race, which saw Fairuz keep his cool and outpace everyone to take his maiden GP2 win! “This is my first win and it comes right before the next round in my homeland in Sepang. I hope I can do the same there!”
His team mate Christian struggled with poor visibility and bent steering to cross the chequered flag in fourteenth place, feeling dissatisfied, but looking ahead to the next round.
Fairuz Fauzy “I am so happy! This was the best car I have ever driven in the wet! We have been working really well as a team and it’s filled me with a great deal of confidence, which I was able to take into the race. The car was just as it should be! I’m obviously very pleased with this result and a big thank you to the team for all their hard work!
Team Principal David Sears was “Delighted with the fantastic result! It’s Fairuz Fauzy’s first GP2 win, and a great beginning to this new series! Christian Bakkerud did a great job in qualifying but unfortunately was just unlucky in the races. We are confident & are now working towards the next round in Malaysia in March.”